Denver Public Library Weekly Report
Time to talk about new movies which have just arrived at the Library!
For fans of M.L. Stedman’s bestselling novel “The Light Between Oceans,” we now have the movie on DVD. After four years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a post as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. Eventually, Sherbourne brings a young wife, Isabel, to join him and start a family. Unfortunately, Isabel fails to conceive. However, their prayers are answered when an abandoned boat lands on the island coast bringing them a baby. They accept the child as their own, and name her Lucy. When the trio return to land two years later, they reenter society and are reminded that Lucy may have a family waiting for her there.
ANOTHER big hit with movie fans is “Hacksaw Ridge,” the true story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa. Doss was a Seventh Day Adventist and pacifist. He was also the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty…without ever firing a shot.
LASTLY, we have “Nocturnal Animals,” starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Susan is suffering through a tepid marriage when she receives a manuscript from her ex-husband, Ed. The book is dedicated to her, but the content is brutal and disturbing. Though she has fond memories of her first marriage, she remembers why it failed. Now she’s wondering: Is Ed seeking revenge?
IN NEW NONFICTION we have “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” by George W. Bush. This vibrant book of art includes sixty-six full color portraits and a four panel mural painted by President Bush. In compiling this art work, Bush has honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
READY to save some bucks and make some bucks? Well, Tony Robbins is always willing to help, and his latest bestseller is “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook.” (Remember, Robbins has been ranked the number one wealth advisor in the United States for 3 consecutive years!) Tony teaches readers how to put together a simple, actionable plan that will deliver true financial freedom. He also discusses fluctuations in the stock market, how to get more out of a 401(k), and how to avoid paying hidden fees.
ALSO new in Nonfiction, we have “The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens,” by Douglas Haddad. This parental guide offers suggestions on the secrets of effective communication with your child, the techniques to stop behavior problems right in their tracks, the best strategies to motive your child, and setting appropriate limits and holding your child accountable.
FINALLY, we have “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” by Trevor Noah from The Daily Show. The title reflects Noah’s belief and feelings that his own birth was a crime, because he was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. True to the entertainer in him, Noah also offers funny observations about how political and social systems play out in our lives.
BACK TO the adult shelves and new Adult Fiction. Faye Kellerman is back with “Bone Box,” new in the Decker/Lazarus series. When Rina Decker stumbles upon a human skeleton buried in the forest, she quickly turns to Peter for assistance. The Greenbury Police officer quickly realizes that the body is that of a missing student from Five Colleges. After more remains are discovered, Peter encourages Rina to act as campus gossip, searching for suspects among the students….and the college staff.
HISTORY buffs will enjoy “We Were the Lucky Ones,” by Georgia Hunter, based on a true story of a Polish family determined to survive the Second World War. The Kurc family face the normal hardships of Jews in their hometown of Radom. But eventually, they will be forced to separate, either going into exile, leaving the continent, struggling in the ghetto or posing as gentiles. Each family relies on the Kurc family’s unique traits of hope and ingenuity.
FINALLY, Joanne Fluke tests the taste buds with “Banana Cream Pie Murder.” Hannah is back from her honeymoon and ready to settle into her wifely role in Lake Eden. Of course, Hannah’s life is never uneventful, and when her mother’s neighbor is murdered in the condo downstairs, Hannah’s unorthodox investigation begins. The victim, Victoria Bascomb, was a theatrical icon and benefactress of the local community theatre. Did an unknown assailant attack the actress, or is something more sinister working “behind the scenes?” Whip up a banana cream pie, put your feet up, and find out!